New York Giants Lose Key Rookie For The Season To ACL Tear

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The New York Giants probably haven’t had the very worst luck in the league this season, but it’s also hard to say that they haven’t been unlucky at all in the injuries department. The team lost Saquon Barkley for four to eight weeks in the game before last, and in their most recent outing, the Giants managed to lose a less well known but still important player, this time on defense.

The player in question is Ryan Connelly, one of the team’s starters at the linebacker position after being taken int he fifth round. But after some hype in the offseason, Connelly has performed better than a fifth round player, getting to the 20 tackle mark through the first games of the season and registering not just one but two interceptions so far in addition to a sack and a pair of pass deflections.

Now, however, Connelly is out for the season, his good performances cut short by a second half injury against the Redskins which has now been confirmed to be an ACL tear. Aside from the obvious reason, which is that the Giants lost some good production with this injury, there’s another reason why Giants fans should possibly be worried.

The injury comes while Alec Ogletree and Tae Davis are battling a hamstring injury and concussion respectively, putting the Giants at a thin level of depth for this part of the roster.

“It’s unfortunate, but he’s got a really bright future and he’ll come back from this. Part of being a pro sometimes is coming back from injury. If he approaches this the way he has approached the game, he’ll be back here full strength,” Pat Shurmur said about the injury.

The Giants have managed to handle their roster problems pretty well this season so far, whether that’s Golden Tate’s suspension or Saquon Barkley’s injury which will keep him out until midseason most likely. Hopefully, that trend continues and the team can continue to perform at the linebacker position while Connelly works on making a full recovery.

New York Jets: Sam Darnold gets cleared to throw, timetable still unclear

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

The New York Jets’ beginning to their season has been a nightmare. Winless and without their starting quarterback, the Jets are clinging onto the little bit of good news on Sam Darnold that came out.

Diagnosed with mononucleosis, there was a concern that Darnold would miss a big chunk of the season. Fortunately, it seems like his time off is serving him well as he received partial clearance to begin throwing and do non-contact work.

There was a little spark of hope that the 22-year-old QB would be available to play this Sunday against the Eagles, but coach Adam Gase said today that it’s “questionable” that he returns this weekend.

“(The test results were) not the clear-cut answer we were hoping for,” said Gase. “There’s just a lot of gray area right now.”

The Jets will most likely have to start their former practice-squad quarterback Luke Falk for the second consecutive week. Trevor Siemian was originally the backup quarterback until he suffered an ankle injury that will cause him to miss the rest of the year.

In his one game this season against the Buffalo Bills, Darnold went 28-41 throwing for 175 yards with one touchdown.

“We have to see how practice goes, we have to see how he feels, we have to see what his conditioning level is,” said Gase. “There are a lot of boxes we have to check before we can say, ‘Hey, we’re rolling on Sunday.”

The New York Jets shouldn’t rush Darnold back, however. There’s no need to rush him back from a serious illness that could potentially only cause more harm to him and the team.

New York Yankees: ALDS Games One And Two Game Times And TV Info

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Game and TV information for the first two games of the ALDS for the New York Yankees have been announced.

Game One:

7:07PM ET on MLB Network. Bob Costas and John Smoltz on the call.

Game Two:

5:07PM ET on Fox Sports One. Joe Davis and John Smoltz on the call.

Umpires:

Gary Cedarstrom (CC), Lance Barksdale, Eric Cooper, Manny Gonzalez, Adrian Johnson, and Todd Tichenor.

New York Mets: The Season Finale

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

As the New York Mets went into the All-Star break, fans were fed up and sick of watching this underachieving team. At the end of the season, everyone is starving for more and cannot wait for 2020 to finally arrive. Most of those feelings is due to the Mets ending their season on a high note with a walk-off win to cap off a sweep of the Atlanta Braves.

Dom Smith was one of the biggest reasons why this Mets team had so much heart. He supported his first base competitor, Pete Alonso, all season and pumped up the crowd while he was injured. Unfortunately, he has spent the last two months on the shelf. So it was safe to say he was pumped up for his first at bat since July.

Smith jumped all over Grant Dayton’s fastball to launch a three-run walk off home run to end the Mets season in jubilation. The home run was a symbol of how resilient the Mets were all year. When their bullpen put them behind, their offense did whatever they could to back them up.

Syndergaard’s Finds His Groove

Through his catcher drama and his poor performances, the last four starts were unlike the Syndergaard we saw in the second half. He figured things out with Tomas Nido as he threw seven innings, allowing three runs and striking out nine. His ERA finished at 4.28 and it will be interesting to see what the Mets decide to do with him in the offseason.

The Mets just missed out on the playoffs but played amazing baseball during the second half. They went 46-26 and could have easily won 50 games if a couple rough games went their way. Despite missing the playoffs, they give plenty of reasons to think a postseason run is in them next season. Before they get to 2020, they will have to patch a bunch of holes and find answers to a lot of questions.

The talent is up and down this roster, but it is just a matter of if they can put it all together for an extended period of time.

 

New York Knicks: This ex-Knick likes this team defensively & more

Former Knicks point guard Chris Childs spoke with the New York Post last week about the upcoming season.  Childs spoke about how the Brooklyn Nets signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving should be a “wake up” for the Knicks.

This is something Knicks fans already knew, so it was not a surprise.  However, the Knicks did make good enough moves to put themselves in a good position to succeed for the future.

Childs went onto talking about his time with the Knicks then hit on optimistic takes.

He stated, “I really like them defensively.”  Childs continued, “It seems like they got some tough, physical guys. I don’t think they’ll be getting up and down the court with them, but seems like they put together a tough team like the way we used to play. Like the old style of the late 1990s. I can see where they’re going. The big guys will mix it up.”  He ended with liking the defensive addition of Elfrid Payton and Wayne Ellington as well.

Hearing that this current team could have similarities of the 90s Knicks should be music to fans ears.  The 90s Knicks resembled hard-nosed basketball that was loved by the city.  If anyone came in the paint, they got hurt.  Their motto, not ours.

However, this basketball age is not like that anymore.  It looks to protect the players more.  But, if Childs thinks that this Knicks came can bring back even a little morsel of that defensive mindset, the Knicks could be onto something.

Fixing the defense from last season should be a top priority.  The defense was awful and, at many times, non-existent.

Childs likes the additions of Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis, Julius Randle and Taj Gibson.  He sees the gritty 90s Knicks within them.  Fans have not heard anything like that, when talking defense, in a long, long time.

As if Childs liking the defense wasn’t enough, he also believes the Knicks can sneak into the playoffs.  Maybe, he sees a similar team like the 8th seed Knicks he was on that made a historic run to the NBA Finals in 1999.

Childs had 5 teams already locked into the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.  The Bucks, Raptors, Nets, Celtics and 76ers.  “Six, seven and eight can be anyone”, Childs said.  Some positive outlook for the Knicks as they begin training camp.

Should the New York Yankees let Brett Gardner walk next year?

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner has spent his entire career so far playing in the Bronx for the New York Yankees. In his 12 years wearing pinstripes, Gardner was apart of the magical 2009 World Series team and was an All-Star in 2016.

The 36-year-old signed a 1 year / $7,500,000 contract with the Yankees where he’ll be eligible for free agency for the 2020 season.

After having a career-high 28 home run season while batting .252, Gardner will most likely find himself back in pinstripes for another year.

Gardner sure definitely wants to. “I would love to come back next year, I’ve always been very honest about not wanting to play anywhere else.”

The only concern regarding Gardner’s role is that with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Hicks all being healthy, Gardner will not have an everyday role. He found himself in 140 games this season because all three of those star outfielders have been out for significant amounts of time due to injury.

Yankee fans would definitely like to see their veteran center fielder back for another year. He’s everything a team could want – hardworking, a leader, and selfless. He hustles all the time and never slacks off.

“I’m focused on my stuff on the field, and I’ll let all that other stuff take care of itself when the time is right,” Gardner said. “I’m focusing on the team and I’m not really concerned about my contract right now.”

The Yankees would most likely only sign him to a one or two year deal because of his age and because they already have those the “big three” (Judge, Hicks, and Stanton) in the outfield.

“I’m definitely very grateful for the time that I’ve had here,” Gardner said. “It’s been a really good run and we’ll see what happens next year…I’ll worry about it when the season is over. But I do want to come back next year.”

New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina looking to overtake Elfrid Payton in depth chart

New York Knicks, Frank Ntilikina

The New York Knicks came close to trading third-year point guard Frank Ntilikina this off-season after two years of disappointing play. They also brought in veteran free agent Elfrid Payton to supplement the deficiencies of The Frenchman.

While Frank’s future with the Knicks was in jeopardy, he managed to stay on the team and will compete for another season. This could be his final opportunity to prove his worth and increase his scoring production in an attempt to overtake Payton for the number two point guard spot.

Ntilikina will likely be on the active roster for the start of the regular season, but will he start a game in 2019 or will he come off the bench as a situational player?

I imagine a head coach David Fizdale will utilize Frank in defensive scenarios and extract value in that sense. Averaging just 5.9 points per game over the past two seasons does not spur optimism regarding an increase in production.

However, during the FIBA World Cup, he averaged over eight points per game and showed improvement on the offensive side of the ball. His defense was stellar and even outshined Kemba Walker when the French national team beat team USA in a historic victory.

Where does Frank Ntilikina stand with the New York Knicks?

Ntilikina will likely enter the season as the Knicks number three-point guard behind Dennis Smith Jr. and Payton. Smith will start the season due to his youth and potential moving forward, but Payton offers a good security blanket given his proven qualities. If Frank can average 10 to 15 minutes per game, that could give him the necessary time to develop and show he has elevated his game. They say that three times the charm and Ntilikina is undoubtedly running out of time.

I believe that this upcoming season will present the best opportunity for the point guard, considering the pressure being alleviated and his comfort level increases. His first two years of shooting the basketball were horrendous, but that doesn’t mean his third season will be bad. He has combined for 35.4% from the field and 30.5% on three-pointers. That resulted in just 5.9 points per game over 20 minutes. Ntilikina surely hasn’t given us reason to believe he can reach his potential, but we’ve seen crazier things happen in the NBA.

New York Giants: The 3 most impressive things about Daniel Jones so far

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

When New York Giants rookie passer Daniel Jones took the field on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, a new sense of hope and relief gushed over the fans in the stadium. A new age had finally begun at home, and things seemed brighter for once.

Jones finished the day with 225 passing yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions highlighting his rookie hiccups. However, he was impressive in all aspects of his game, once again showing he can be the future and has the tools and skills to be a quality player in the NFL.

Here are the three most impressive things about New York Giants quarterback, Daniel Jones:

1.) Ability to handle adversity

After two consecutive scoring drives to start the game for Jones, he threw two successive interceptions to Quinton Dunbar of the Washington Redskins. After the game, head coach Pat Shurmur commented on the interceptions and how Jones handled them.

Pat Shurmur on Daniel Jones’ reaction to his back-to-back INTs: “After those plays, you wouldn’t have known that he didn’t just throw a touchdown pass. That’s part of his charm.”

Handling adversity is significant for Jones, especially considering he is a quarterback in New York. He will face a ton of criticism and negative comments that he will have to consume and ignore throughout his career.

2.) The utilizing of his legs

Even though Daniel Jones has 561 passing yards over two games, his most underrated attribute is his mobility. The rookie has 61 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground to accompany his passing stats. This is a critical statistic and factor for the Giants offense that allows them to open up the playbook and utilize different looks to confuse defenses.

On a 3rd-and-13 play on the Washington 41 in the third quarter, Daniel Jones scrambled up the middle for 16 yards breaking several tackles to reach the first down. This was a massive testament to his ability to pick up additional yards and make a difference with his legs.

The Giants were currently leading 17-3 at the time giving Washington a glimpse of hope. That run allowed the Giants to waste a significant amount of time off the clock and help them alleviate any comeback concerns.

3.) Poise in the pocket

Across the field on Sunday, Dwayne Haskins Jr. entered the game in place of Case Keenum to see if he could provide the Washington offense with a spark. He finished the day throwing 107 yards, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions. He posted a 32.8 passer rating compared to Jones’  78 rating.

This comparison only shows how much development Jones has experienced in such a short amount of time. He’s the more capable player and has shown that on the field, winning both of his first two starts as an NFL player.

His poise and accuracy in the pocket are extremely impressive and will help the Giants moving forward, especially against two competitive opponents in the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots. His ability to throw off-balance and escape the pocket to extend plays has given the Giants a considerable boost on third down and allowed them to increase their success percentage which was hovering around 21% when Eli Manning was the featured quarterback.

 

New York Giants news, 9/30 – Saquon Barkley could return earlier than expected

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

The New York Giants will undoubtedly play it safe when it comes to star running back Saquon Barkley’s high ankle sprain. Despite Barkley’s ability to return from a similar injury in just two weeks while at Penn State, the NFL is a much more grueling league and the physicality of the players make injuries more frequent.

After consulting with two professional doctors, the timetable for Barkley’s return landed in the 6-8 week range. Some even believed he would return in week 12, after the Giants’ BYE week to face the Chicago Bears. That would undoubtedly be a cautionary timeline for recovery and give him plenty of rest to ensure the injury was fully healed. However, Barkley seems to be well ahead of his professional rehabilitation program, considering he is already out of the walking boot and strolling without a limp around the team facilities.

In fact, Barkley is already telling people that he can beat the timetable for recovery from the high ankle sprain, despite the training-staff pushing him to be cautious. In his absence, Wayne Gallman will act as the starter and was productive against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, picking up 60 yards on 18 touches and 55 receiving yards on six receptions. He also scored two touchdowns, helping the Giants to a 24-3 victory at home.

The Giants will look to him once more against a stout Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots defense in the coming weeks. The tough part of the schedule is rolling around, and the Giants likely lost their best linebacker in Ryan Connelly to a torn ACL. Trouble could be near.

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New York Yankees injury news: Edwin Encarnacion injury looking more serious

New York Yankees, Edwin Encarnacion

The New York Yankees need all of the help they can get after a 2019 season plagued with injuries. The latest two being starting catcher Gary Sanchez and first baseman/designated hitter, Edwin Encarnacion. The latter of the two has been fighting to return to the team before the start of the postseason, but that reality is seeming bleaker.

The potency of the Yankees batting order relies on their sluggers and ability to hit home runs to increase scoring production.

The Yankees heavily relied on home runs to help fuel their offense, and Encarnacion plays a big part in that, having already hit 34 homers this year. It is expected that Encarnacion will be ready for Friday’s game one against the Minnesota Twins, but manager Aaron Boone has stated that he is not mentally prepared and needs more time to recover.

Encarnación hasn’t played since September 12 in Detroit after suffering an injury on a home run at that. The hope was to get the first baseman back against the Texas Rangers before the start of the postseason, but that reality is quickly looking like a false promise.

“If I’m not 100 percent, I’m close,” Encarnacion said after Saturday’s 9-4 loss to Texas at Globe Life Park. “Like I said, I’ll keep on working to get there.”

 

“The way I look at it, with Edwin back and healthy and strong, I very much envision him in the middle of our lineup, probably as the DH” through the playoffs, Boone said. “He can play first too but I do envision Edwin in there.”

The new hope is that Encarnacion will participate in a rehab assignment to prepare him for the playoffs. With the return of Giancarlo Stanton and his usage in the outfield, Edwin will likely slide in as a designated hitter. Keeping him healthy throughout the playoffs will be difficult considering his injury woes this season, but any setback could impair the success of the team.

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One silver lining is the return of Gary Sanchez, who the Yankees desperately need for their postseason run. The starting catcher’s arrival on Friday was a massive boost to the team and will be significant on defense and offense. The Yankees must take precaution with his injuries, especially given his susceptibility to picking up groin ailments.